In the midst of a growing demand for resignation of Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli by the rival faction of Nepal Communist Party, senior party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda met him at his Baluwatar residence on 5 July. The second round of meeting between the two leaders is likely to take place on tomorrow
Oli has said that the ruling Nepal Communist Party is facing a deep crisis. He indicated that there could be a split in the party soon. The My Republica newspaper quoted a senior leader as saying that Oli had told his cabinet ministers at an emergency meeting of the cabinet at his official residence that “some members of our party are trying to remove President Vidya Devi Bhandari too”.
Oli sees multiple conspiracies
The prime minister of Nepal had said yesterday, “Now, they are hatching conspiracies to remove me from the post of prime minister and party president.” He said he would not allow this to happen. Oli said that the ruling party was facing a serious crisis.
According to the newspaper Kathmandu Post, three former Prime Ministers — Pushp Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Madhav Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal — reached out to Bhandari after Oli’s remarks. They clarified that the allegation of members of the Nepal Communist Party trying to remove Bhandari from his post was untrue.
The ruling party was to decide Oli’s political future at a crucial meeting of the 45-member powerful standing committee of the NCP on Saturday but it was postponed till Monday, prompting the top leadership to address differences over his ways of working and anti-India statements.
Strict on his stand during the cabinet meeting, Oli said nobody in the party could force him to accept the decision of the standing committee. He requested the ministers to clarify their position.
Oli told the ministers, “Last week, I had to take a sudden decision to end the budget session of the parliament because I came to know that some members of our party were plotting to impeach the president in the parliament.”
The prime minister’s media assistant Surya Thapa said that Oli had invited him to share the latest political developments in the country with the ministers. Prior to the meeting, Oli met President Bhandari in his Maharajganj office in private.
Discord in Nepal Communist Party climaxes
Oli’s statement comes at a time when internal discord in the NCP is at its peak and most members of the party’s standing committee and members of the Central Secretariat are demanding his immediate resignation from the post of Prime Minister and party president. They allege that the government has failed to meet the expectations of the people. He accused the executive chairman of the party Prachanda of non-cooperation in running the government, while Prachanda accused Oli of establishing suzerainty in the party.
Prime Minister Oli had claimed last week that various activities were taking place in “embassies and hotels” to remove him from power. He said that some Nepalese leaders are also involved in this conspiracy after his government included three strategically important areas — Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura – in the country’s new political map.
A senior party leader said that Prachanda had said in the standing committee meeting held last week that it was not proper for the prime minister to make baseless allegations against India and the leaders of his own party. Prachanda has raised the issue of lack of coordination between the party and the government many times in the past and he wants the principle of ‘one person, one post’ to be adopted in the party.